ERIC Number: EJ1059156
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Publication Date: 2015
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Outing the Imposter: A Study Exploring Imposter Phenomenon among Higher Education Faculty
Hutchins, Holly M.
New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Development, v27 n2 p3-12 Spr 2015
Attention to faculty development, especially factors influencing faculty satisfaction and performance, has increased in the last decade. While a significant focus has been on contextual factors (i.e., tenure policies, mentoring, work-life integration), fewer studies have examined individual psychological factors especially in the field of human resource development. This descriptive study addresses a particular focus in faculty development by examining the prevalence of faculty experiences of imposter phenomenon, IP, (the experience of fraudulent thoughts and feelings and the inability to attribute and internalize personal achievement), how it affects their perceived emotional exhaustion (a dimension of job burnout) and their reported coping skills. Results of the study suggest that faculty (n = 61) do experience moderate levels of IP with the highest reported by untenured faculty. Results also indicate that faculty emotional exhaustion is positively related to IP, and faculty reporting moderate-high levels of IP also reported greater use of adaptive coping skills to address imposter thoughts. Faculty also identified the important role of mentoring at tempering imposter tendencies.
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Self Concept, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Experience, Attribution Theory, Fear of Success, Teacher Burnout, Stress Variables, Job Satisfaction, Coping, Emotional Response, Mentors
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